The coal industry has dominated the economic and political landscape of the Appalachian coalfields for more than a century, while transforming the physcial landscape from one of globally noteworthy natural diversity to an increasingly polluted, degraded landscape where future economic possibilities are few. But a growing movement of tenacious Appalachian citizens, proud of their mountain culture and willing to fight for their beloved landscape, is pushing back against the coal industry’s destructive practices.

Citizens from around the country are engaged in the fight, too, as the coal from blown-up Appalachian mountains is helping pollute the air and water, and cook the planet. Every living thing on Earth has a stake in stopping the plunder of Appalachia and make a quick transition away from coal-based energy. A comprehensive list of the grassroots and national organizations involved is not possible to include here, but the following resources should provide opportunities for every citizen to learn more about these issues and to join the movement for a more sustainable future for natural and human communities—across Appalachia and around the globe.

I Love Mountains is an invaluable online resource for news, education, and information about how individuals can get engaged in fighting mountaintop removal. The website has pioneered a number of innovative movement-building communication tools.
www.ilovemountains.org

The Alliance for Appalachia is a collaboration of thirteen organizations in central Appalachia working to bring an end to mountaintop-removal coal mining. The Alliance for Appalachia also seeks to promote a just and sustainable economy and a clean, renewable energy future in the region. Member groups include:

The Appalachian Citizens Law Center
www.appalachianlawcenter.org

Appalachian Voices
www.appalachianvoices.org

Appalshop
www.appalshop.org

Coal River Mountain Watch
www.crmw.net

Heartwood
www.heartwood.org

Kentuckians for the Commonwealth
www.kftc.org

Mountain Association for
Community Economic Development
www.maced.org

 

Ohio Valley Environmental Coalition
www.ohvec.org

Save Our Cumberland Mountains
www.socm.org

Sierra Club’s Central Appalachian
Environmental Justice Program
bill.mccabe@sierraclub.org

Southern Appalachian Mountain
www.samsva.org

SouthWings
www.southwings.org

West Virginia Highlands Conservancy
www.wvhighlands.org


Other Groups, Campaigns, and Online Resources:

The Appalachian Center for
the Economy & the Environment
www.appalachian-center.org

Christians for the Mountains
www.christiansforthemountains.org

Earthjustice
www.earthjustice.org

Greenpeace
www.greenpeace.org/usa

Kentucky Resources Council
www.kyrc.org

Mountainjustice
www.mountainjustice.org

Mountaintop Removal Road Show
www.mountainroadshow.com

 

Natural Resources Defense Council
www.nrdc.org

The Sierra Club
www.sierraclub.org/coal

Sludge Safety Project
www.sludgesafety.org

Stop Mountaintop Removal
www.stopmountaintopremoval.org

United Mountain Defense
www.unitedmountaindefense.org

Valley Watch
www.valleywatch.net


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